Sociology Index

Romani Customs and Traditions

Books On Customs And Traditions

Romany or Romanis are of of Indo-Aryan origin who arrived in Europe in the 14th century. They had the ability to adjust to outside groups and in some places the Romanis were dominant enough to assimilate outsiders. The Romanis lost their discrete identity in some places.

Romany chal is a male Gypsy.
Romany chi or Romany chai, is a Gypsy girl.
Romany rye is a man who associates with Gypsies but is not a Gypsy.

Romanis adapt to the requirements of their surroundings but they fear that over time integration could lead to assimilation, and the eventual disappearance of Romaniya. Romanis had a composite population from the very beginning, with different ethnic groups brought together during their initial great migration from India.

Romany population and the Romani people came into being outside of India, but the various ethnic elements began inside India.